Huge boost in SMS traffic

Jordanian mobile operator Fastlink has reported a huge boost in the number of SMS messages sent since the start of Ramadan.

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By  Philip Fenton Published  November 13, 2002

Jordanian telecoms operator Fastlink has reported a huge surge in the number of text messages sent since the beginning of Ramadan.

By midnight on the night preceding Ramadan the network had handled 2.6 million messages. Just two hours later that number had risen to 3 million.

“I congratulate our distinguished customers and the Jordanian public on the coming of the holy month of Ramadan, may God render it a month of benevolence and blessings on all. We are honored that our network has become the primary means by which to exchange congratulations and to reinforce ties of friendship between people. We also feel a great satisfaction because our network – which was modernised and expanded over this summer – has succeeded in meeting this unprecedented challenge,” said Engineer Bashar 'Arafa, director of the Data Services Department at Fastlink.

“We are very pleased that Fastlink was able to provide this highly popular high-tech means of communication, and promote its use to international records. Without doubt, the data services we are providing –most notably SMS –has played a significant role in narrowing the digital gap, filling the vacuum caused by low levels of Internet penetration. The majority of Jordanians are now in permanent contact with their social milieu and with the world at large.”

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